A roundup of local beer news

DC Brau, a popular beer brewed within the D.C. city limits. (Lexey Swall for The Washington Post)

October is shaping up to be a big month for local beer fans — and not just because of the Oktoberfest celebrations around the region.

Case in point: Local breweries racked up multiple awards at the recent Great American Beer Festival in Denver. As Fritz Hahn noted at the Going Out Guide, Alexandria’s own Port City Brewing Co. won a gold medal for its Optimal Wit brew and also took home a silver and two bronze medals.

Devils Backbone, in Roseland, Va., took home a half-dozen medals, while Flying Dog of Frederick netted a medal for its Dogtoberfest beer.

Read Hahn’s item about the festival for more about what won — and where you can sample some of these winners. (Also, Hahn is the man behind this look at the best beer selections around the D.C. region, in case that sort of thing interests you.)

There’s more! Local beer has also made its way to the Verizon Center, as Dan Steinberg reported at the D.C. Sports Bog last week. DC Brau and Port City are both available there now, along with Flying Dog and Devils Backbone.

The Verizon Center is following in the footsteps of the venues that have recently added similar local options. Nationals Park added DC Brau and Port City over the summer, while D.C. United fans are now able to buy DC Brau during games at RFK Stadium.

Fans of these and other local brews also have a big event coming up this weekend. Snallygaster, a beer festival with more than 150 drafts on tap, heads to Union Market on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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